When it comes to reality singing competitions, we love The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO) because of its positivity. Singers are never mocked or teased, and even weak performances still receive words of encouragement from coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. The show does pit singers against one another starting in the Battle Rounds, which we saw on Monday night, but even with the added pressure of competition, it was the singers who formed a close bond with their battle partner that did the best.
This positivity is why we tune into The Voice twice a week. It’s also why Adam Levine’s constant nagging of Blake Shelton is like finding a hair in your favourite meal. We can work around it, but there’s still the icky element.
While Monday night had an uncharacteristically high number of weak performances (it would be boring if every performance was Grammy-worthy), there were still three duets that were worthy of a steal and they all started with newly formed friendships.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) April 9, 2019
Betsy Ade and Lisa Ramey are two performers that we have been pulling for this season. Single mom Betsy is a rocker with emotion and has been slugging it out on the road trying to make music a career. Lisa is also on her musical grind in New York and returned this year after not getting a chair turn last season. It’s cool to see talented teens on The Voice, but a cute 14-year-old who can sing isn’t pulling on our heartstrings like the artists who have been hustling for years in clubs and bars. The kids will be alright. The adults need to put food on the table.
Even with so much riding on the performance, Betsy and Lisa were still supportive of one another and performed Brandi Carlile’s “The Joke” (so good) by finding the balance of staying true to their own style and delivering beautiful harmonies. By working together, the women made themselves and each other look good. We are loving this rocker friendship and want to give a big thank you to Kelly for saving Betsy so we could sleep Monday night.
GOT IT GOOD
A competition with so much on the line seems like a breeding ground for resentment of your teammates, but once again, the artists who respect each other and form a relationship make for a much more compelling duo to watch. That was the case with Team Adam’s Kalvin Jarvis and Jimmy Mowery. Both during the pair’s rehearsal with mentor Charlie Puth and again following their Battle Performance, the duo’s respectful approach to performing together was highlighted, with the men creating a safe space where they could perform as confidently as two amateur singers could perform on live television.
Even though the song was much more suited to Kalvin’s voice, Jimmy was still able to find his moments to shine, earning him a steal from Team Legend. Adam’s coaching has been impressing us this year, but we do wish he had cut back on the harmonizing. Like, friendship is cool, but we do want to hear them sing on their own as well. Also, we can never get enough Kelly Clarkson body rolls. Yas kween.
LIKE, REALLY OPPOSITES ATTRACT
Some Battle Round pairings are pretty obvious, especially when a team has two singers that have a similar sound and range. Others feel very pull-a-name-out-of-hat-ish. That was the case with R&B singer David Owens and country artist Rebecca Howell, with the odd coupling making the pair’s duet to the Leanne Rhimes’ version of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” a brilliant choice.
Both singers delivered stunning renditions of the song, although we do agree with Kelly’s decision to keep Rebecca. But our favourite part of the pairing wasn’t even their performance, it was Rebecca and David being one another’s cheerleaders in rehearsal, especially when Rebecca informed Coach Kelly that David’s falsetto ‘is amazing.’ Like Blake said last week, if you’re not having a good time on this show, you’re missing a huge opportunity. There’s enough backstabbing and mean-spirited competition on TV. We love seeing amazing musical performances by people who are being genuinely nice to one another. Can’t we all just get along…Adam?
NIGHT THREE OF THE BATTLE ROUNDS
Andrew Sevener (Winner) vs. Hannah Kay
Rebecca Howell (Winner) vs. David Owens
Jackson Marlow (Winner) vs. Abby Kasch
Jacob Maxwell (Winner) vs. Talon Cardon
Lisa Ramey (Winner) vs. Betsy Ade (Stolen by Team Kelly)
Kalvin Jarvis (Winner) vs. Jimmy Mowery (Stolen by Team John)
Mari (Winner) vs. Anthony Ortiz
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